September 26th, 2007 12 Comments » | View blog reactions
This DVD is no ordinary sequel; it’s more of an improvement on an already brilliant concept. As the guys at Choppahead put it:
“If you haven’t seen volume 1, you might be asking yourself – “What the hell is this DVD series, anyhow?” Well, take a chopper documentary, an old skateboard video and an episode of jackass – smash them together and there you have it….”
That’s a pretty exact description, but if you’re like me and don’t really give a rats as about old skateboard videos and jackass episodes, don’t turn away just yet. The DVD is loaded, and I mean LOADED with more or less in-depth presentations of the sweetest garage built motorcycles on the planet. Each owner of the bikes explains the build and history of their bike and point out fabricated details they are particularly happy with.
What is the first thing you do when you get the latest issue of your favorite bike mag? You flick through to the featured bikes and read the build descriptions right? Well, imagine that in video, and there you have it. I paused and flicked through single frames more on this DVD than I’ve ever done before. Just to see bits and details on bikes I liked that had solved ideas similar to what I have in mind.
If you’re a garage chop nut, whether it’s big twins, trumpets, beesa’s or jap bikes you’re into, you have to own Chopper Animals & Mayhem Machines Vol. 2. If you’re otherwise inclined to watch beautiful classic motorcycles mutilated into personal artwork and rolling death traps, you’d probably like it as well.
I’m slightly biased about the cut scenes and intros, I like the interviews with the fabricators, but I’m not sure about the scenes where the choppahead boys play jackass. It’s kind of boring when they put on a funny hat and see who can act lamest. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for anti-pretty mischief and mayhem, but at moments they just try a little too hard. So I’d keep that to a minimum in Vol.3; I bet it’s a case of “kill your darlings” in the editing process. If the Choppaheads could get a foamed stuffed sock to put on their microphone to eliminate wind noise when shooting driving scenes, we could get some nice engine sounds once in a while instead of the thundering death metal (not that there’s anything wrong with metal, but engines sounds are nice too).
All in all a bloody brilliant DVD with a few minor flaws, that you could nothing but expect in an underground production like this. The guys at Choppahead deserve all the credit they can get, because I sure as heck want to see a Vol. 3.
Where the heck do I get it then?
Remember, you won’t find this gem in your local store, you can only order it at www.choppertown.net/store. At 19.95USD and free world wide shipping, it’s a steal.
Choppahead proudly presents “Chopper Animals & Mayhem Machines Vol. 2 – Another inside Look into the World of Underground Choppers & Kustom Kulture.”
If you haven’t seen volume 1, you might be asking yourself – “What the hell is this DVD series, anyhow?” Well, take a chopper documentary, an old skateboard video and an episode of jackass – smash them together and there you have it….
Like its predecessor, this DVD pays homage to the true essence of Kustom Kulture – the home builder and the underground chopper scene. You’ll get an inside look into the madness, ingenuity, debauchery, and shenanigans that surrounds this world!
* Over 20 profiles on home chopper and kustom cycle builders from across the country
* Profiles on kustom shops from New Hampshire, New York, Texas, and Japan!
* Show and event footage from across the globe (Mooneyes Japan, Smokey Mountain Smokeout East & West)
* An inside look at the goings-on at Choppahead Kustoms
* Mucho jackassery to tie it all together
“A rather splendid film – with lots of really really nice motorbikes, cheers!” –DicE Magazine (London/Los Angeles)